Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation / Penance)
Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of His Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1446
Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful. Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1458
Confessions are regularly heard every Saturday, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. In addition, during Advent and Lent, confessions are also heard on a weekday evening. Check the parish bulletin for those additional times. A person can always call the parish office and ask the priest to hear their confession at a mutually convenient time if the regularly scheduled times are not possible.